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Monday, May 24, 2010

CRAFTS WITH ANASTASIA--ENCOURAGING CREATIVITY

It’s no secret that I think more people should do crafts.  If people didn’t craft, I’d be out of a job, and with my dead husband’s loan shark breathing down my neck, the last thing I need is to lose my job!  So it will come as no surprise that I’m all in favor of adults and kids alike stepping away from the video games and picking up glue guns and paint brushes.  Besides, crafting might just save the world some day.

All right.  You can stop snickering.  I really mean it, and here’s why:

Creativity is a skill that needs to be nurtured in order for our kids to grow into the leaders of tomorrow.  Solving problems and resolving conflicts require creative thinking.  Although children are born with wonderful curiosity and creativity, very early on both tend to be squelched.  With outside influences trying to make children conform to a prescribed norm, our homes should be a center for our kids to have the freedom to express themselves.  Sometimes it’s just way better to color outside the lines. 

The more kids see their parents engaging in creative pastimes, the more likely they’ll want to join in.  Keep ample supplies of paint, glue, markers, paper, chenille stems, craft sticks, pompoms and other basic craft materials handy for those “I’m bored; there’s nothing to do” days, and forget about the mess they’ll make.  We all need the freedom to make messes.

Finally, you can help spread the crafting message to others.  Instead of buying another video game the next time your child is invited to a birthday party, consider purchasing a craft kit or supplies instead. 

So how do you promote creativity in your own kids?  Share your experiences with us.  What’s worked for you and your family and what hasn’t? Everyone who posts a comment this week will be entered in a drawing to win a book donated by our Book Club Friday guest author.


3 comments:

Kathy said...

My kids are grown and never cared for crafts but any of the kids I've had for recess in the past 20 years all got craft projects. We've made beaded necklaces, bookmarks, tiny floral arrangements in wooden candle cups, bats out of toilet paper tubes and anything else I could think of that would only take a half hour today.

Janet said...

We did crafts in Girl Scouts, making a camp stove out of a #10 can, tuna can, rolled cardboard and wax. Then when I was a leader, we did origami, pottery, plastic canvass, and even sewing.

ANASTASIA POLLACK said...

When I was a girl scout (way back in the days of the dinosaurs if you believe my sons!), I loved crafts projects. It was all that camping and hiking I hated!